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  1. I did not have gas until after the night of day 9. I ate about a dozen uncooked french green beans. cut up in my salad for the first time. Is there a possibility that these cause gas or is it a cumulative effect from just eating lots of veggies in general?
  2. In reading the section on beans, it sounds like one of the main issues (excluding the phytoestrogen hormones on Soy) is that the high carbohydrate content causes gut-disrupting bacteria to grow and produce gas. My question is why is the high fiber and carbohydrate content of potatoes any different? Fruits and potatoes have a large degree of fiber and carbohydrates (potatoes more so on the starch front) but isn't the end-result the same? I would think if we are trying to reduce gut-disrupting bacteria, we'd need to remove potatoes and starchy fruit from the equation as well.
  3. We all know what they say about beans and their "magical" properties. Given that, how do you differentiate a true issue with beans/legumes from beans just being beans? Yesterday was my legume intro and my stomach wasn't awful, but it was quite gassy and I definitely felt VERY full for a while. I love beans and don't want to have to give them up!
  4. I didn't get a response in the thread I commented in so I'll start a new one. I'm discouraged and frustrated. I'm on day 21 and the bloating and gas are awful. My clothes were fitting looser for a while, but now they are actually tighter. No tiger blood of any kind -- just exhaustion. I need more sleep not less. I feel horrible in the mornings and exhausted all day and I'm struggling to keep up with anything. The amount of time and energy I'm spending on food is just not doable for such disappointing results. I'm 42, have 11 children (10 still at home including a nursing baby.) I stopped really working out or playing sports after baby #7, and we homeschool so it's just gotten busier from there. I drink a lot of water all day, but don't keep track of exactly how much. I get as much sleep as I can but I've not gotten a full night's sleep in decades with this brood I have always been able to do well with limited sleep -- until whole30 it seems. I'm sure I could be told to get more sleep, but that's not always an option. I need a diet that will sustain me in my life rather than requiring me to make unreasonable changes so I can sustain it, if that makes sense. I always ate relatively healthy before (whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies) but I rarely ate meat and I did eat too much sugar and baked goods (I make AWESOME chocolate chip cookies and bread, sigh) so I've been glad to reboot and get rid of the sugar. The painful and horrible smelling gas and bloating combined with the utter lack of energy are making me miserable. I would be willing to stick through that if there were other gains, but the complete lack of weight loss (and what feels like a bit of weight gain, UGH!) is beyond depressing and making me lose hope that this is the right diet for me... A few typical meals Meal 1: Fritata with TONS of veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, etc) served with an avocado and sometimes some compliant sausage. Meal 2: Giant cobb or taco salad. Tons of spring mix with various veggies and mango or other fruit slices. with balsamic and olive oil. Meal 3: Roast beef with onions, carrots, rutabega mashed potatoes prepared with plenty of oil and spices (whole30 compliant) and a few drinks of coconut almond milk. Meal 1: Super veggie Fritata with leftover shrimp or salmon and a baked sweet potato slathered in cinnamon coconut oil. Meal 2: Twice fried plantains (deep fried in coconut oil) with pico de gallo, leftover steak, celery sticks with a bit of almond butter and a few raisins and coconut Meal 3: Grilled Salmon salad. Tons of veggies and spring mix with Salmon and oil/vinegar. I've also used celery with a bit of almond butter and coconut and maybe a hard boiled egg as a small snack when necessary. And I've drunk some coconut almond milk when I felt I needed it (nursing mom.) Any help would be appreciated. I'm 5'10" and weigh probably around 175-180 -- size 14 -- and not losing baby weight like I used to. I'd like to lose at least 20 pounds, preferably 30 and two or three pants sizes. I would gladly settle for 10 pounds or so and one pants size on this go round.
  5. Hello, sorry to bring up the grossest part of our W30's, but I've got to ask. I'm Day 19, my energy feels good, by body feels good, my skin is clear, all those things are happening! I think I've got Tiger Blood! However, not Tiger-Tummy. I'm on Day 19, and I still deal with low appetite, gas, bloating, and constipation. I deal with gas/bloating before W30, but am never really constipated. I have been eating beautiful W30 meals, sometimes lack an appetite just cause of the effort that has to go into them, but I really want to get to the bottom of my digestive issues. I have no idea! Any help or input? Thanks!
  6. Hi all, this is my 6th day of W30 and things have been going fine so far, apart from feeling very full at every meal because I'm not used to eating so much. I do have two questions but will split it up in two threads for clarity! I used to be very bloated from eating, but things seemed to have calmed down after introducing probiotics and having just completing a round of IQS recently. (In between the IQS and whole30, I did have a week Long holiday where I ate local desserts etc though). Today shortly after lunch, I've suddenly got an intense bout of bloating. My lunch consisted of -1 thick round of Chinese cabbage -1 small sweet potato -half a head of broccoli -1 small red onion -1 jalapeño -1 scotch bonnet -1/2 can of tuna -spoon of avocado Shortly after I've had intense bloating that has not happened since months back when I had a smoothie bowl (and since stopped eating so much fruit). It's been 5 hours since and I'm still suffering from the bloating ): addtional info is that it's also my second day of my period-- I'm usually more prone to cramping but this feels different from what I'd get. I trawled the forums and also read up intensively on Low FODMAPs during this time and realised that almost all of my vegetables are on the caution and no no list the thing is, I've been eating those vegetables the past week with no problems with bloating at all. Is it the unfortunate combination of so many of them coming together that's causing it? I'm reluctant to do FODMAPs right away as I just stocked up the pantry with lots of veggies that will not be allowed. I'm also not sure if it is advisable to do both FODMAPS and W30 at the same time. Would really appreciate any advice and suggestions! By the way, I'd also appreciate comments on this meal in terms of portion sizes, I feel like I'm overeating at every meal >< Thank you so much!
  7. Hi All, I'm on day 8 of my Whole30, my husband and I are doing it together. We've been having some issues of late and I am looking for some help... we are gassy all the time, and I mean ALL the time. Neither of us have had what you would call "normal" bowel movements in the past 2 days either. Nothing we are cooking sounds good. I tried making my own ranch dressing for salads- hated it. I've not been able to swallow sweet potatoes without gagging. Literally just give up halfway through a meal because I can't get it down. I'm really really tired. We've been sleeping well, probably getting about 8 hours a night and falling asleep and waking up easily. But during the day we are SO tired. I find my mind wondering and I can't focus. (I was sugar conscious before Whole30 and don't find myself craving sweets too much other than the occasional piece of fruit or larabar if I am hungry) I'm achy, the tension in my shoulders and neck have been off the charts since starting the whole30 I've been keeping a food journal about what I eat (not how much) and a typical day is as follows: Breakfast 2 hardboiled eggs 1/2 chicken sausage or 2 scrambled eggs salsa avacado with tea or coffee+coconut milk Lunch (dinner leftovers) chicken roasted broccoli roasted sweet potatoes bananna Dinner lean burger + bacon avacado roasted brussle sprouts roasted potatoes Snacks only happen once in awhile and usually consist of apple and almonds hard boiled egg and raspberries larabar Any ideas what could be wrong? Are we doing something wrong? Any advice would be much appreciated!
  8. Hey all, I’m on day 21 of Whole 30 and struggling with a few issues. Background: I’ve had horrible constipation issues since my 20 month old was 1 month old. My midwives had me taking 4-5 calcium/magnesium supplements per day that were giving me very soft/loose stools all through pregnancy. I stopped them when my daughter was 1 month old because I feared calcium supplementation would throw off other vitamins/minerals in my body. (Lots of info online about it, but I don’t have specific links.) When I stopped taking them, I started experiencing horrible constipation. I just had zero urge to go whatsoever. When I would finally go, the stools were huge and hard. They tore me open and brought me to tears. 3 months later I cut out dairy with no change. About 7 months after that I went paleo with very minimal improvement. In December I completely let loose and was eating anything and everything with no significant reaction to anything. I’ve been Paleo for about 9 months now (aside from the December mayhem) and this is my first whole30. I wasn’t getting any relief about 2 weeks in, so I started taking alcohol free Swedish bitters, adding sauerkraut to my diet (about 1/4c throughout the day) and a probiotic supplement at night. I drink kombucha but I worry about the sugar dragon so only once in a while right now. I also take magnesium malate during the day and magnesium glycinate at night along with triphala powder. I’m still not going regularly but when I do go, the stools are difficult to pass and “sandy,” like lots of small particles floating around that do not look like undigested food. I also have unbearably foul gas in the afternoon but mostly in the evening. It seriously could clear a neighborhood. I wasn’t having this gas before whole30. Im also ridiculously exhausted. I stay home with my child and do childcare and there are times when all I can do is lay on the couch. Walking up the stairs is impossible. Not always though, sometimes I get bursts of energy that I can’t explain or connect to any certain food or meal. I am 5’5 and 117 lbs. I have pretty small hands (1”x3”x4”) and I do my best to follow the meal template but I’m wondering if I need to add or subtract something. I’m also still nursing my 20 month old about 3-4 times per day and all through the night. I do maybe 20 minutes of cardio exercise 4 days a week and although I said above sometimes I can’t get off the couch, I am far from sedentary due to having to look after the children. I’ve lowered my fodmap intake but not completely eliminated. Here is a typical day: breakfast (7am): 3 eggs, 3/4c hash browns, 1c kale all cooked in ghee lunch (11am): 1 can of salmon mixed with mayo and herbs, mixed greens (~4c), fried plantain lunch (2pm): 1 chicken breast, 1c potatoes, 1c kale (potatoes and kale cooked in ghee or coconut oil) Dinner (6pm): 2 slices of meatloaf, 1.5c chard, 1.5c roasted beets (again all cooked in ghee or coconut oil) i go to bed at 10 and wake up at 6:30 or 7 every day (though sleep is interrupted due to nursing) I use at least 2T of cooking oil at every meal but I don’t add any additional fat. My meals often seem pretty heavy and oily. I usually have a healthy appetite before each meal, but I’m not starving between or anything. I’ve read about enzymes and hcl but hesitant to use them because I know your body can stop making them and that concerns me. If anyone has any other insight I would be so appreciative!!
  9. First Whole30, Day 19. No slip ups. I had maybe a day the first week with a tiny headache, I was prepared to start. My eating has always been pretty healthy. I didn’t eat out hardly ever. I’m 5’5”-140lbs My body has been through 6 full-term pregnancies. My body seems to like hanging out at this weight. I started this Whole30 to slay my sugar dragon and finally shed this extra belly and arm weight. While the cravings for sugar have gone way down, I feel like I am gaining weight. (Haven’t weighed myself) I did, however take progress photos. I have been super gassy. I get 9 hrs of sleep most nights. I haven’t changed my activity level which is pretty low. I move a lot as in taking care of 6 kids, (household stuff) rarely watch tv, but as for deliberate exercise, zero for the last 6 months. I didn’t want to add exercise since I wasn’t doing it before. I just wanted to see what changing my diet would offer. I’ve been super chill about this yet excited to see results. (Which is why I took progress pics and immediately felt down) Maybe I’m eating too much? I tend to eat a huge breakfast which is nearly the same everyday. Lunch and dinner vary but we eat sweet potatoes and white potatoes a lot. Breakfast- 2-3 eggs, roasted sweet potatoes, white potatoes, onion, brussel sprouts cooked in a generous amount of olive oil. If I were to guess, the amount would be 1 1/2 -2 cups of veggies? It fills a dinner plate. 1/2 avocado and 1/4 c fresh salsa. Lunch- (stir fry in olive oil) 2 cups cabbage, onion, 1 chicken thigh, 1 cup sugar snap peas, 1 cutie orange. Dinner- 3-4 oz steak, onion, bell pepper over a plate of spinach with tomatoes and 1/2 avocado.
  10. Hello, So I'm on day 7 of my whole 30. I started getting gas on day 6 and I was wondering if that was normal? I also had to force myself to eat dinner tonight. For some reason I've stopped becoming hungry early in the morning and later in the evening, is this normal?
  11. thumperjenn

    Gas Pocket -- Day 2

    I started the Whole30 yesterday and am experiencing a major gas pocket today. I'm fine when I walk around but when I sit for any period of time it is VERY uncomfortable. I have done elimination type diets in the past for health reasons and do generally have some type of GI response in the first couple of days but usually not this intense. I guess I just want some reassurance that this will pass/ it's okay Thanks!
  12. maryupchurch

    Anti-inflammatory Whole 30

    Last year I did Whole 30 in January & saw that there was a shopping list for an "Anti-Inflammatory" version of Whole 30 - Is that resource still available? I couldn't find it anywhere.
  13. Hi, I have a rather embarrasing question. I am in my second round of Whole 30, I did my first round last month and plan to do it for 90 days. I know excessive gas is common with high fiber foods, but my gas problem seems to be getting much worse not better. I’ve been avoiding Brussels sprouts and other really high fiber vegetables but the problem seems to be unchanged. The gas is really really really bad. Like every five minutes and it’s loud and smelly. I also feel really bloated. I’ve been doing research and found that gut flora often needs time to adjust. But my question is, after 6 weeks on the whole 30 shouldn’t my flora have adjusted by now?! I’m very concerned that this problem won’t stop and I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I love the diet and feel so much healthier but I can’t keep it up if this awful side effect persists.
  14. Hello! Warning: this is gonna be long! I have just recently (one month ago) been diagnosed with endometriosis but I suspect that I have had it for 15 years (that's when my symptoms started). I am 28 years old. The end is my main reason for doing the whole 30. I am on day 4 and really loving it so far, the food tastes amazing and I love cooking so that part has been very enjoyable. The issue is, I am currently on my period therefore my endo symptoms are in full force. One of my most annoying symptoms is that I get very severe stomach bloating (I truly look 6 months pregnant) and stomach pain, and it flares up the worst when I eat. I have been having these symptoms for about a year, so way before I started the whole 30. I have been following the meal plan in the whole 30 book for the first week pretty closely but here is exactly what I've eaten: - Day 1: (1) 2 scrambled eggs, half and avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa fried in liquid coconut oil (2)protein salad (tuna, grapes, almonds, homemade mayo) and spinach (3) ground chicken with italian seasoning tomato sauce and spaghetti squash. - Day 2: (1) leftover spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, with a fried egg on top (fried in ghee) (2) Protein salas (as above) with spinach and a few pieces of orange bell pepper (3) seared chicken breast (in ghee), roasted potatoes and tomato (ghee), cabbage slaw, and roasted red pepper mayo. - Day 3: Was in severe pain that day. Woke up at 6:00am drank water and took pain killers. Slept till 12:30. Ate left over roasted veggies and a small amount of chicken breast with a fried egg on top (ghee) . Ate a nectarine around 5. And then ate dry rub steak, sautéed beat greens with garlic and ghee, mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions. - Day 4(today): (1) left over mashed sweet potatoes, fried egg (coconut oil) and 1 cup cantaloupe. The bloating was awful after dinner on night 2, bad after dinner on night 3 but not as painful. I know cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, can cause bloating and cramping, and they do in me even when I'm not on my period, so I am going to avoid those. My question is: Does anyone else on here suffer from endometriosis? What would be some soothing meals for my stomach that can help get me though my periods? Thanks in advance!
  15. Hello W30ers! My husband and I are on Day 30 of my fifth and his third Whole30. We're looking for some feedback on an issue he has had for the ENTIRE Whole30 - stinky, stinky, persistent gas. At first, we thought his body was adjusting, then we thought maybe it was something specific he was eating but it's hard to know because IT'S BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME. I really expected it to resolve by the end, but here we are. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggs, chicken, and beef are the most common players in our house (as in, he probably didn't go a single day without eating most of those things) but we didn't think any of them would cause gas. We noticed it get MUCH worse after eating these spinach + artichoke stuffed potatoes, which do have a bit of coconut cream in them, which we made the same week as this white chicken chili (also coconut cream). Because coconut water has given him diarrhea in the past, my husband thinks the coconut is likely the culprit, as we cook sweet potatoes and lots of other things with coconut oil and use coconut milk in some recipes. Does anyone know if this is a common side effect of coconut products? Would the oil affect him the same way as the cream? Any suggestions on coconut cream substitutes if we find this is the case? The only other culprit we've considered is the potatoes, as we realized three quarters of the way through we were overdoing it on those (gladly brought to our attention by my constipation* ) but he ate sweet potatoes pretty regularly prior and, as noted*, I figured white potatoes would have the opposite affect. Any ideas what the most likely culprit is? We'd like to keep eating this way, but this gas is nast. Thanks!
  16. Alright, I shared my measurements in my Whole30 Journey log last night, so there is no hiding what it is that my body is doing. I woke up to Day 10 this morning hating my insides. I was cursing and looking for every home remedy possible before heading to work and having to suffer. Between starting Whole30 and also having every woman's favorite joy, "the devil's week" and me wanting to curse my baby maker and drop the Whole30 for some dark chocolate, red wine, and soft pretzels, I know my body is going to be off. Don't worry, I am not going to splurge and run and get my devil's week cure! But I woke up this morning with severe gas cramps and have been quite flatulent. It probably doesn't help that I sit on an exercise ball in my office. I'm trying to figure out..what is the cause? Is this common? Last night, I made Whole30 chili and had that for dinner plus an extra serving of vegetables and protein, so I had a hard boiled egg and some cauliflower, carrots, and celery with Whole30 ranch. I found a link that listed foods that can cause gas and green peppers (in the chili), cauliflower, carrots, and celery were all on that list. Shall I be avoiding these too for a week to see if my sensitive stomach is not able to digest them? I munched on vegetables Monday with my dinner as well, and I didn't wake up yesterday feeling like this. Could it have been the chili? I have suffered my whole life, never knowing what to eat because I always get bloated, gassy, or nauseous after everything. Even when I was on a 3 month kick of all healthy foods. Fried foods are a definite no no for me. I'm lactose intolerant. I fear I am gluten intolerant as well, which will break my heart. I am not supposed to have anything acidic or carbonated because I have Interstitial Cystitis, for those that don't know what that is, Google is your friend. They always say green tea is good for you and most diets, and believe me, I have tried them all, suggest drinking green tea...that hurts my stomach. I used to have to be on Prerelief and Gas-X daily with every meal to fight any acids I would take and prevent gas but after awhile, I noticed it wasn't working. I drink a cup of black coffee every morning, even though I am not supposed to because of my IC, but some Ibuprofen as soon as I wake up, helps so I can get my daily caffeine. I went off on a tangent there, sorry. Back to the reason for this post, I would love to hear some advanced Whole30 groupies ideas as to what they think? Is there anyone out there that shares the sensitive stomach struggle with me? If I am going to do Whole30, I am going to do it right and if the purpose is to get to feel better, I want to start now.
  17. This is a littler personal, but I've struggled with bad gas, constipation, and bloating for about 15 years (I'm only 29 - it started when I was a teenager). To the point sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even stand up and have to lie down. I've literally tried everything, even got a colonoscopy (which showed nothing). The only time I've really felt better is when I did a sugar detox last year, similar to Whole30 but you can still have some dairy. This is my first time doing W30 and I'm currently on day 23. I've noticed I'm losing weight but throughout most of the program my stomach problems seem to have gotten worse. I'm bloated almost every day, still constipated (although sometimes I get random diarrhea out of nowhere), and the pain seems almost worse than normal. My gut has also been very noisy, making "angry" noises when it's hurting badly. I was really hoping W30 would help but it seems to be making things worse - too many vegetables perhaps? If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm feeling very frustrated and upset; this is an awful way to feel every day.
  18. So...I had never heard of this FODMAP thing until searching the boards, and am thinking that may be my issue. I've had painful bloating, gas (sorry...), belching, stomach gurgling after eating a few times on the whole30 which was worse last night and again tonight. I've found that dried fruit of any kind is an issue. Last night's M3: grilled calamari over greens with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, salmon w/ lemon sauce over greens (BV+EVOO), pellegrino w/ lime Tonight's M3: mocha pulled beef in bibb lettuce w/ salsa, grilled veg (beets, white potatoes, carrots, onions, and hazelnuts), mixed olives. I think I'm doing right by portion sizes, following the template, and taking in a lot of water/herbal tea. I'm on day 15 (1st whole30), and was mostly GF before whole30 due to what I thought was a gluten intolerance (same issues as above...realized it years ago when drinking beer/eating pasta etc. so cut it out entirely). Have also been fighting an annoying cough for 2 solid weeks, and overall am just feeling pretty wiped out which has been demoralizing...I usually run or WOD 3-5x week depending on work/kid schedules. I'm wondering how long after cutting out the grey items from the Whole30 low FODMAP list I should expect some relief? Or, any ideas on what else may be causing this? And last question, oh mighty forum gurus: any suggestions for immediate relief? Thank you!
  19. I'm on day 18. I've pretty much had gas issues since I started whole 30. Well, I've pretty much had gas issues forever. Even started out with severe colic says my mother. Anyway, most of the gas does not come out and that's the problem. It just sits in my stomach as bubbles or mild uncomfortableness. I was hoping it would be improved by now on the whole 30. So I've been looking at reasons why it wouldn't be. Is there some food that is whole 30 compliant that I need to cut out? Should I be looking into FODMAP this early on? I rarely get enough sleep. Maybe 6-7 hours a night. I have five kids from 2-16. So sleep will not be normal for a while. I have had periods of lots of stress, however I've been dealing with it better since I started eating better. I do have about 20lbs I'd like to lose of baby fat. I haven't been tracking my meals that well so I don't know if I can give a few days worth, but I'll think on it and write it in another post if I can remember.
  20. I'm not asking for advice about my known medical condition (achalasia), though maybe with the unknown one (digestive). Mainly I want to vent, particularly in a place where others know the frustration of dealing with something that puts road-blocks in your way. I have achalasia. It's sort of the opposite of GERD. The muscle between my stomach and my esophagus (the LES) doesn't relax properly. This means that swallowed food gets stuck in the esophagus. It causes distortion of the esophagus and destroys the muscles there, causing more swallowing problems. It causes pain similar to heartburn as the food sits there and ferments or breaks down in other ways. It causes regugitation, which is like vomiting but since it's not from the stomach it's apparently a different word. It causes aspiration (food/liquid in the lungs). And for me it also caused malnutrition and kidney stones. I had a laproscopic heller myotomy about 10 years ago. This involved cutting the LES, then wrapping the stomach around it and pinning the stomach to the muscle (fundoplication) to keep it open. It's been pretty successful. If I eat too fast or don't chew enough, food will get caught and it can be very difficult to clear it. Often leading to regugitation. In addition to this I have an undiagnosed digestive problem that sometimes leads to massive amounts of air coming up from my stomach. I know this usually happens a day or two before my cycle begins, but otherwise have no clue what causes it. It does happen on other days sometimes, but it happens with my cycle like clockwork. Because of the procedure I had, this air gets caught in the upper stomach pocket and causes immense pain. I get spasms and cramps radiating through my chest, to my back and up as high as my jaw. I can't burp because I don't have the muscles for it. So instead I literally vomit air. It's horribly painful and nothing helps except drinking water to keep the muscles moving and spasming less. I firmly believe these two issues are pathologically related. I've seen too many hints from others' accounts of their achalasia issues to believe otherwise. So where I'm left is that my achalasia symptoms have increased in the last week. I'm on day 14 of my whole30 right now. Considering I seldom have swallowing trouble, encountering it every other day all of the sudden is very disturbing. Not only that, but on the days I'm not having swallowing trouble, I'm having the digestive trouble. So every day it's something. It is disheartening and I feel like crap. I can't possibly eat my 3 square meals since I can't swallow them. When I was very ill, before my procedure, I lived on dairy. It was the only thing that I could consistently get down and because it was high in fat it made me feel better. I'm not doing that now, but when I'm not feeling good I'm certainly thinking back on that time. Dairy is my comfort food. I really thought clean eating would make the digestive part better. I don't know what I'm eating that's causing the distress so I don't know what to cut out to test it (or what to eat to test it). So that's my rant. I guess I just didn't want to clutter up my food log with it but wanted to get it out.
  21. K.Fro

    big cheat...big pain

    Well, I made it to day 19 with no problems. I was following along the timeline predictions pretty well, except I ended up with a virus that took a couple weeks so I never got the energy boost! Bummer, but still hanging in there. Then I had to run out of work and jump in the car for a two day road trip, very unprepared. I made it up the road a couple of hours to the next town and had to stop to grab a bite. I passed the mcdonalds and taco bell and chose a baked chicken, cut up veggies and some fruit at the store. I ate the chicken. I filled up with gas so fast, I could barely stay in the car. I don't know what was in there, but I thought it was an awfully violent reaction to a probable cross contamination! I am talking ballon bloating with pain. On the way back I said, WTH and grabbed some chips for the road. I know, slow learner, right? It took me two days to recover. I thought I was actually going to have to wake my husband up and have him take me to the hospital the gas hurt so bad. Not romantic. Some gas x helped considerably. Day 2 again and I am wondering what the heck happened? Is this a typical phyisicall response to a cheat? I am guessing I am more sensitive to something then I ever knew but have no idea what. Insight anyone?
  22. chezjulie

    Gas and Burping

    Hi there, The past few days I've been having a lot of gas in my stomach, which I experience in the form of frequent burping and also bloating. I do have acid reflux, for which burping is a symptom. But it's particularly bad right now. I think that having a meal and a snack that included hot sauce and then lying down yesterday kicked off some bad reflux. I am taking a digestive enzyme, which I've increased the dosage of to two with every meal, and I've had a kombucha each day. I broke down and had a non-compliant Gas-X on Day 21 because I was so uncomfortable. I also tried a TBS of apple cider vinegar yesterday. Here are my meals from the previous two days. The gas has been particularly bad in the evening and in the morning when I wake up. W3D21S1 Larabar, 1 tbs. cashew butter W3D21M1 4 turkey sausage patties, grilled mushrooms, roast potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, & Amaya Roasting Company Temporado coffee with coconut milk W3D21S2 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D21M2 boiled shrimp with mayonnaise, sweet potato with ghee, ginger, & cinnamon, 2/3 avocado, sauerkraut curtido W3D21M3 grass-fed hamburger with guacamole, salad w/EVOO & balsamic vinegar, spinach w/EVOO W3D22S1 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D22M1 tuna fish, Earthbound Farm rainbow chard w/EVOO, red delicious apple w/cashew butter, coffee w/coconut milk W3D22M2 3 chicken sausages (kale & balsamic), green beans w/EVOO, 2 cooked beets W3D22S2 smoked oysters, 1/2 avocado, hot sauce W3D22M3 chocolate chili, russet potato, strawberries Thanks for any feedback. Also... that was the last Larabar in the house and I haven't bought any more.
  23. HI All, I was recently diagnosed with Diverticulosis via colonoscopy. I decided to eliminate inflammatory foods from my diet and eat a cleaner diet. .. and her I am on day 6 of Whole30. I thought by stomach would feel less bloated after eating clean for 6 days. My normal diet before Whole30 included lots of processed foods, junk food, sugar, more sugar, chocolate ,,, in limitless quantities every day. I am now eating lots of protein and vegetables. The problem I have experienced is lots of gas and bloating since I started. This isn't really a new problem for me, but it has continued for 6 days now unresolved. Is it because my body is not used to processing such nutrients and not used to not processing sugar? Does anyone else have this problem? It's a little discouraging because I thought the clean eating would help flatten out my stomach? Does anyone have a great anti-bloating regimen (probably need one with probiotics of some sort) that works great?
  24. Ellen915

    puffy stomach

    Hi, Middle aged ladies--my midsection is not going away! Help! I'm on day 29 of my first whole 30. I have ibs and fibromyalgia, and I think I will continue on whole30 because I don't feel so great yet. I don't feel like I've lost much weight on whole30 but maybe I have it's just that my stomach still feels really poochy. At first I had lots of gas, like a blown up balloon, very uncomfortable. Then I cut out most of the coconut milk and sweet potatoes, started eating just one veggie with each meal (but more of it), and started taking digestive enzymes. That really helped. I had also had some dizziness so started drinking my water with lemon and salt in it. So the bloating and dizziness went away. But I'm constipated now, because I think I may need to add back in some sweet potato and have a little more salt. My question is this: if I keep going will I eventually lose weight in my abdomen? Do you think it's just all the bloat and constipation that makes me feel like I haven't lost weight? Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks so much!
  25. This post is on behalf of my husband. I'm doing Whole30 too, and loving it, everything going well for me. My husband is 35. He has suffered from food intolerances since middle school age or so, but has never done anything about it. He thought it was just "the way it is." He has some known triggers (onion - the worst, heavy cream - also the worst, some apples, sometimes garlic, and sometimes watermelon. Sometimes there are no apparent triggers. Desperate for some corrective action to take, I ask him what caused it, and he'll joke, "I think it was the food." His symptoms when exposed to these triggers are bloating episodes ranging from uncomfortable to extremely painful. He burps (huge, loud belches) and farts for an hour or three until he is able to have some diarrhea, at which point it usually clears. Sometimes it happens immediately after eating, but sometimes it waits for the middle of the night to strike. I had been encouraging him to do some kind of elimination diet for years, and he finally agreed to Whole30 with me (I am going for weight loss and energy), since he wouldn't be doing it alone. We began on July 9. The first couple days were the detox with headache, fatigue, and crankiness. But then he felt better. And he had a solid poop for the first time in his adult life. On Day 4, we had some watermelon. He had a horrible night, and so we made the determination that we should go low-FODMAP, since all of his triggers are FODMAPS. Though... not all FODMAPS are triggers - actually some of them (brussels sprouts, asparagus) are his favorites. By day 8 he had had apparent issues with sugar snap peas (FODMAP) and canteloupe (not a FODMAP). After these setbacks, I was convinced that he had leaky gut, so I started him on some supplements to promote healing: aloe vera juice, glutamine, marshmallow root, slippery elm, DGL, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. This was the evening of Day 8. On Day 9, he experienced what I believe to be a die-off - nauseous, sickly, very out of it. On Day 10, he reported low-grade heartburn all day. I had given him digestive enzymes with HCl, so I stopped those long enough to pick up some without HCl. The night of day 10 and day 11 were great! So I started him back on digestive enzymes (no HCl) on Day 11 evening - he had another horrible night. At that point, a fellow Whole9 poster suggested we try the SCD intro diet (chicken soup, carrot puree, grape juice gelatin), to keep things really gentle. I took him off ALL supplements. We started that diet on the evening on Day 12, and day 13 was a good one. He seemed to improve for the most part, but still with some fairly significant gas and bloating before bedtime and runny stools. Until Day 19 - I gave him a very small dose of digestive enzymes. I broke open the capsule and gave him about 1/3 of it. It wrecked him overnight. It was then that we realized the digestive enzymes were causing this distress, so we stopped them immediately. It's now day 24. He is still dealing with significant bloating and gas before bed, even though we stopped the enzymes. It didn't make a difference whether he was eating pureed food or whole food, so he went back on the Whole30. He took a probiotic last night, and that seemed to agree with him, so I think I'm going to have him continue that. So... I'm not sure what to do. 1 ) have you ever heard of someone to reacting to digestive enzymes like that? everything I've read says they are SO INCREDIBLE For people with leaky gut. It's very discouraging. 2 ) I'm thinking we might not go back to low-FODMAP... we just might avoid his known triggers. Restricting him seemed to make him worse, not better. 3 ) I've wondered if we should try the AIP, but he's never had issues with eggs or avocado. He does have issues sometimes with nuts. 4 ) If it really was the digestive enzymes (and the correlation in the beginning seemed pretty good), why is he still having issues when we stopped the enzymes 4+ days ago? And that was only a teeny tiny dose! So, long story short... help? suggestions?